There are many established companies in different sectors that have built a successful brand name for themselves – think Johnson and Johnson, Apple, Tim Hortons, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and Walmart.  Their products are recognized by the masses and there is a lot of media attention devoted to the technology-oriented corporations (ie. the buzz surrounding…

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Now that we are in RRSP season, you may be wondering “How much should I contribute to my RRSP?” The proper way to figure this out is to identify your “optimal RRSP/TFSA contribution”. This is a key factor in every retirement plan. Most Canadians decide how much to contribute based on the extra cash they…

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After my 2012 year end net worth update, there was some chatter about how to properly calculate annual investment returns.  The fact is that there are a number of ways to calculate annual investment returns, some easier than others. For example, if you have a starting portfolio value and an ending portfolio value for a…

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Most, if not all, of us would have heard of student exchange programs that offer a great opportunity for participants to gain knowledge and practical training in a different land and also enjoy that country’s history and culture on a first-hand basis. Typically, such an exchange program is for less than one year and different…

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Over the past few years, a group of bloggers have enlisted in a friendly competition as to who can pick the best stocks for the year.   As per tradition, we all report quarterly results to see how we are doing relative to each other, and more importantly, the market. This year, I picked a financial stock…

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